Formerly of CRAZY HORSE
Label: Self released
Genre: Americana, classic rock, singer/songwriter
Hometown: Ventura County, California
Influences: Neil Young, Bob Dylan, CSNY, Jackson Browne, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds
A native New Englander, Sonny Mone originally intended to become a solo artist when he moved from the South Shore of Boston to Los Angeles in 1984. Mone began his career as a folksinger, playing clubs and coffeehouses throughout New England. "Living just outside of L.A. in '86, he met the members of Neil Young's legendary backing band Crazy Horse. They recognized Mone's songwriting and passionate vocals and asked him to a rehearsal. "It was surreal", Mone recalls, "I was singing "Cinnamon Girl" with "The Horse", "It was a real trip."
That rehearsal was the beginning of long, creative collaboration with "The Horse". Mone began developing songs with the band and in '89 recorded the Crazy Horse album "Left for Dead" which was released in '90 by Capitol/Curb Records.He continued to work with "The Horse" playing shows, studio projects, and soundtracks well into the late '90's.
As a solo acoustic artist, Sonny Mone has shared the bill with great players like Roger McGuinn from "The Byrds", Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi from "Traffic", Leon Russell, The Tubes, Tears for Fears, and other well know acts. He has also played live shows and recorded with talented musicians including; Matt Malley from Counting Crows, Victor Bisetti from Los Lobos, Dean Dinning from Toad the Wet Sprocket, as well as close friend and renown bassist, the late Rick Rosas from Neil Young's band.
Mone is currently performing as a solo acoustic artist performing originals and songs from the early folk/acoustic era.